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Posts by Madeleine Marecki-Hall
The benefits of decluttering your home

From your twenty-fifth fashion scarf, third set of serving dishes, packed closets, storage units filled to the brim, or tabletop figurines in every color of the rainbow — if the amount of stuff in your life has become overwhelming, it may be time to consider decluttering your life.

Remember and share your love story

Love is a fundamental piece of the human condition, whether it’s romantic, familial, friendship, or something altogether different. We love the concept of love, so much so that you can find love stories a thousand years old or more sung in ballads or recorded in paintings.

What kids learn from hearing family stories

From the time a child is in the womb, parents hear all about how important it is to read to their children. It's a well-documented fact that children with parents who read, sing, and talk to them every day develop a better sense of language and self. However, books aren’t the only place these stories can be found. Family stories are equally, if not more, important.

16 ways to enjoy the holidays at home with your family

As a child who grew up in the Midwest, Christmas was always the same year after year. The snow would start falling in November, and one day we would come home from school to a house decorated for Christmas. The holidays would be a mix of playing in the snow and visiting with friends and family. It was a magical time, and I will always remember the holidays of my youth fondly.

Best homemade holiday gift ideas

While the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones, it can also be notoriously draining on the pocketbook. From spouses and children to friends and extended family, the list of potential holiday gifts can be quite daunting. With such an extensive list of possible gifts to give, it can often be impossible to purchase a gift for everyone in your life. That is why homemade holiday and Christmas gifts are the perfect solution to saving money and still showing you care.